NaPoWriMo: Oh, Deer

“No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas in incarnadine, making the green one red.”

Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2

“Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, / That have been so bedazzled with the sun / That everything I look on seemeth green.”

The Taming of the Shrew, IV.v.56-58

“But we are old, and on our quick’st decrees

Th’ inaudible, and noiseless foot of time

Steals, ere we can effect them.”

All’s Well That Ends Well, Act V, Scene 3

“Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.”

Romeo and Juliet


Bedazzled by the sunlight,

or fear,

hearing sounds inaudible to human ears,

he stood still, unmoving, rooted to the place

like the great oaks around him, and

confused by the barricade before him.

Suddenly the power, the desire,

the need–

springing from a source deep within–

he leaped,

heedful of the multitudinous possibilities before him,

recognizing that he could go anywhere,

but knowing that the world is broad and wide,

he might want to be patient

and find his mother before exploring again.


NaNoWriMo, Day 24  Mix “fancy” and every day words. Since yesterday, April 23rd, was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death, I’ve used some words he invented or popularized.

Yesterday morning, while getting ready to slice the Passover brisket for dinner that night, I looked out my kitchen window to see this deer in my neighbor’s yard. It reminded me of another time when I saw a baby deer and heard him bleating and looking around for his mom.

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18 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Oh, Deer

  1. Every year I remember Shakespeare’s birthday and the last two I’ve blogged about his legacy. This year I’m happy to observe some of his verbal inventions in your nicely crafted piece. I enjoyed the deer slide show. Apparently I have Java Script – who knew?

  2. What a wonderful idea to incorporate Shakespeare’s words! And so nice to have the deer for Passover ;). Daughter made gluten free matzoh ball soup and potato kugel for our seder. She has GUTS. Hope your Passover was and is fabulous!

  3. Pingback: Little Deer, NaPoWriMo – Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

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